Geomancy Group at West Kennett Long Barrow
I have been most fortunate to be in a Geomancy Group here Britain and we have been working together for over ten years now. We meet as a small group several times a year, usually next to one of the many wonderful sacred sites and areas of these Isles. This Spring, we met at Avebury and had several wonderful days there. We started in the middle of the henge and went out to the distant boundaries that mark the edges, or gates, to the Sacred Space that is Avebury. This issue of MAG is more visual than text because Jon Appleton showed us an interesting aspect of the West Kennett Avenue that I had not been aware of and it is best comprehended visually.
The West Kennett Avenue running from the massive Henge to the Sanctuary.
Sadly, this is the best bit of this long avenue that remains - thanks to StoneKiller Robinson.
Jon found that when you stand outside both rows on the right hand side of this picture and look across one pair of stones in these rows, you are looking at something on the horizon. The Eastern horizon of Avebury is formed by the Ridgeway. It is quite level, and has a number of clumps of trees the grow over a Bronze Age round barrow. Here's the first example:
And very quickly:
Noticing anything here?
Hey - On this sinuous avenue. isn't that the same clump of trees
we saw in the earlier two pictures?
And here again?
Why is this happening again and again on this avenue? There are a number of different round barrows marked by trees that run along the Eastern horizon, but here are only five examples of pairs of stones focusing on this one horizonal feature I've started calling the Appleton Barrow - this tree covered round barrow with a much smaller grass covered mound just to the left. Had the stones in the West Kennet Avenue been in a straight line, each pair of alignments would have pointed to a different day along that horizon where the Sun would rise - but the didn't. Azimuths were taken of these alignments, and they all varied, so a single horizonal astronomical event won't work. But they all aligned to Appleton Barrow.
I have written about Weyden Mound in Tip o' the Week #100. It is a truncated conical mound on the other side of the A5 from Weyden Hill. the hill that visually separates Silbury Hill from the West Kennett Avenue:
Northern Horizon from the West Kennett Long Barrow
We're standing above the chamber at the Eastern end of the the West Kennett Long Barrow looking at the Northern horizon. Silbury man-made Hill on the left, and Weyden more-natural Hill across the centre. Beyond the western crest of the Weyden Hill is the Avebury Henge, and on the other side of the hill to the East is the West Kennett Avenue. In the foreground are our shadows, and to the left of them is a big white stone that stands at the right-hand/Northern end of the face of the chamber (a bit to the right of the photo of our group at the top of this MAG E-zine.) Above this white stone, and at the other end of the field is Weyden Mound. Difficult to see but it is in that big clump of trees that mark the southern end of Weyden (Odin, Woden) Hill. You can see two of the mounds/trees on the far horizon on the right-hand side of the picture. I spoke about them above.
Weyden Mound is not easy to see. That's why in my 25+ years of rather constantly visiting Avebury that I have only became aware of it in the past couple of years. But there it is!
We climbed up on a path up the more clear area above the black dog and the two people.
This picture was taken in a different season on an earlier trip.
We climbed through thick luxuriant nettles.
I had gloves, but my wrists are still tingling.
The truncated round top of Weyden Mound
Unlike Silbury, Weyden Mound isn't a truncated mound all the way around. The Roman Road from Bath to London (now, the A5), clearly uses Silbury Hill as a target to aim for along the way. It runs West/East on our side of the base of Silbury Hill and runs on to bisect the woods that Weyden Mound hides in essentially tangent to the circular top which is also is level with the road! So it is only a true cone on three sides. While I can not say that I enjoyed the climb up the steep, slippery nettle-infested slope, I feel it was an entrance fee to this new and important site in Avebury.
(I've written a number of pieces on the Avebury Complex, and you can find them by typing <Avebury> in the <Search Window> you will find in the right-hand column at the top of any page in Mid-Atlantic Geomancy - MAG).
Totally Different Topic, one of the few workshops I am offering this year:
An introduction to this fascinating subject. During the day you will:
• Learn the interesting history of labyrinths
• Study and practice the construction of the Classical Labyrinth
• Learn and practice the different uses of these powerful tools
• Walk the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
at St. John's Church, High Street, Glastonbury
Please bring your own packed lunch.
A B&B list can be provided.
Further Information & Booking:
Call 01684 576969 - or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE